February 07, 2016
Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
From Leon Siu
What an amazing time! In recent weeks there have been remarkable advances in the movement Free Hawaii. The momentum continues to build every day. Imua!
Last December there were two supreme court rulings (one federal and one state) that profoundly impacted two issues relating to our Hawaiian nation. First, the US Supreme Court issued an injunction freezing the Nai Aupuni election process. Second, the State Supreme Court ruled the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project on Mauna Kea did not follow the proper permitting procedures and ordered TMT to start over. Both actions by the supreme courts were huge wins for the Hawaiian nation and our people.
In January there were two follow-up rulings in those cases. One, the US court did not stop the Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha from convening, so on February 1 the ʻaha started (see story below)… Second, a state court found Kahoʻokahi Kanuha was not guilty of obstructing the construction of the TMT on Mauna Kea. Maikaʻi loa.
New York and DC
I just returned Thursday night from my trip to New York and Washington, DC. It was a very productive trip, but it’s good to be back.
In New York I participated in two conferences at the UN with religious leaders from around the world engaged in pursuing peace and reconciliation. I also had some very productive meetings with key UN leaders regarding the Hawaii situation. Not only is awareness growing, but we are receiving invaluable guidance on how to navigate the waters of the international community. “Navigation” is an appropriate term and metaphor as the UN and the city of New York are preparing for the arrival of Hōkūleʻa early this Summer carrying its message of Mālama Honua.
Last weekend in Washington, D.C. I attended a symposium, the opening event for an exhibition called, “E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. It is an excellent presentation. Mahalo nui to kanaka maoli, Douglas Herman who spearheaded the project. The symposium featured speakers Williamson Chang, Jon Osorio, Clyde Namuo and Mahealani Wendt. All gave very good presentations. Both the exhibit and the symposium demonstrate that an honest presentation of the facts make a compelling case for the continuity of Hawaii’s sovereignty. The exhibit is in a very prominent place and will run for a year. It should serve as an excellent public platform of advocacy for a Free Hawaii.
Naʻi Aupuni Aha
The U.S. is having a harder and harder time skirting the fact that the Hawaiian Kingdom still exists. The extreme machinations that they had to go through (fabricating a false voter roll, setting up two “private” laundering non-profits to avoid (US) constitutional prohibitions, circumventing a direct US Supreme Court injunction, ignoring the voice of the people, etc.) to convene the Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha, shows the utter desperation of those trying to create legitimacy for a tribal nation for “US federal recognition.” The aha will either end in shambles or (we hope) Hawaiian-patriot participants will turn it into a platform for independence.
Here’s what I recommend to the independence participants…
Don’t spend any time wrangling over constitutions, forms of governance, etc. Instead, focus first on dealing with the glaring, fundamental issue — ending the United States’ unlawful occupation (or whatever you want to call it) of the Hawaiian Islands.
I firmly believe the ʻaha convening on Feb. 1, 2016 should, above all, accomplish these two outcomes…
- Declare the Hawaiian Kingdom is an independent nation in continuity
- Offer the US a Treaty of Peace and Reconciliation
The first, declaring the independent nation in continuity, establishes the status, baseline and lawful standing for our nation.
The second, offering a peace treaty, immediately elevates the matter to the plane of engaging in international talks and treaty negotiations between two sovereign states.
Unless these two critical outcomes are adopted, contending over constitutions and forms of government would be a monumental waste of time and effort… and resources.
The Real Nation-building
Declaration Reaffirming Independence
Unlike the Na’i Aupuni circus, ʻ Aha Aloha ʻĀina is cutting right to the chase with a Declaration Reaffirming Independence. Go to http://ahaalohaaina.com/the-declaration/ and sign up on this important foundational document.
ʻAha Aloha ʻĀina – The Real ʻAha
Want to participate in a real nation building effort? Make plans to attend the ʻ Aha Aloha ʻĀina on February 25 at Windward Community College. (see attached flyer) This is the ʻaha whose purpose is to pull the people of Hawaii together as a nation to reinstate independence. It already has broad support from many prominent independence leaders and organizations.
List of Hawaiian Independence Supporters
The Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals is about to announce an initiative to compile a list of all those, near and far, who support an independent Hawaii… and to compile a list of Hawaiian Nationals.
If you would like to help with this project, please let us know at: info@HawaiianNational.com Weʻll make sure to let you know when this project is launched.
Broadening the Dialog
The dialog about Hawaiian independence has been rapidly spreading to a wider audience.
The amount of exposure over the internet through programs like Free Hawaii TV, the many ʻOlelo programs, social media discussions, controversies like Naʻi Aupuni and especially the phenomena of the Mauna Kea kuʻe action going viral…are all contributing exponentially to growing the awareness of our movement to Free Hawaii.
Over the past year, American conservative think-tank Grassroot Institute hosted several TV programs discussing fed-wreck, Kanaʻiolowalu, Naʻi Aupuni, during which it was implied that the Hawaiian Kingdom and Hawaiian nationals still exist.
There were many stories in the international press in 2015 regarding the occupation of Hawaii by the United States. Stories ran in China, Russia, Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland and the US. And who knows what other countries repeated what they picked up from the major press services like Associated Press, Russia Today, Reuters and Al Jazeera. Many of those stories were keyed to a question raised by Pakistan at a UN session in May 2015 regarding the United Statesʻ political relationship with Hawaii.
A recent symposium organized by the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center brought together over 30 top leaders of the faith community to hear about “Hawaiian Issues.” The speakers included Hawaiian activists: Kaleikoa Kaʻeo, Kahele Dukelow, Lanakila Mangauil, Kahʻokahi Kanuha and myself. What we had to say appeared to be very enlightening to the attendees and was very well received. As a result, talks are underway on how the churches, etc. can become more actively engaged in supporting justice and reconciliation regarding the Hawaiian nation.
Leon Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Hawaiian Kingdom